Five Year Construction Plan
Wright County's Five-Year Construction Plan
is a fluid document and updates are made as needed based on changing funding,
projects and partner agency changes.
The Five-Year Plan was last updated on September 20, 2022.
The Wright County Highway Department is responsible for the maintenance and administration of over 512 miles of county highways and 39 county bridges. This includes activities such as engineering design, Right-of-Way Acquisition, construction management, signing, signals, and routine maintenance of all kinds (snowplowing, patching potholes, crack sealing, mowing roadsides, cleaning culverts, brush cutting, etc.).
The county roadway system is comprised of two different categories:
- County State Aid Highways (CSAH)
- County Roads (CR)
There are about 407 miles of CSAHs. These highways are supported by the Minnesota Highway Users Tax Distribution Fund, which is made up of the following:
- Gas Tax
- Vehicle License or Registration Fees
- Motor Vehicle Sales Tax
There are also 105 miles of CRs which are entirely supported by local property taxes. This is referred to as the County Road & Bridge Levy.
In Wright County, the CSAHs are identified by one and two-digit numbers, such as CSAH 35 between Buffalo and St. Michael, or CSAH 8 from Waverly to Maple Lake. The CRs are identified by three-digit numbers such as CR 138 located near the Wright County Public Works building.
Purpose of the Five Year Construction Plan:
The primary purpose of the 5 year Plan is to provide a mid-range planning document that can easily be shared with the public allowing both the residents and stakeholders of Wright County to plan for future roadway improvements. It is intended to provide a transparent method to relay how roadway improvement priorities are established and how limited roadway funding is utilized.
This plan was developed by the Wright County Highway Department based on fiscal restraint (expected funding levels) and is not necessarily sufficient to provide the minimum investment level needed to maintain the pavement quality of the county highway system. Actual projects will be dependent on federal, state, and local funding levels. In addition, the plan may change annually as it is subject to the annual Wright County budget process.
Primary Funding Sources
– Funds assigned to projects through the Federal Transportation Bill, Federal Safety Programs or other special federal transportation programs. A percentage of federal funds appropriated to the State of Minnesota are allocated to the counties and cities.
This share of federal funds is distributed on a competitive basis. Projects must be submitted on an annual basis (usually two to four years ahead of planned construction), and then they are evaluated and selected. Average Annual Federal Funds – Variable: $0 to $4,000,000. Wright County has had success in obtaining federal funds to help offset funding shortfalls.
State Aid (SA) Funds (Regular) - Construction
– Annual allocation to the county from state gas tax and vehicle license or registration fees. Regular SA Construction funds may be utilized for any element related to roadway construction or rehabilitation on the CSAH system. These funds may not be used on the CR system.
Average Annual SA Construction Allotment: $6,800,000 (est. average for 2022-2026).
State Aid (SA) Funds (Municipal-under 5,000 population) - Construction
– Annual allocation to the county from state gas tax and vehicle license or registration fees. Municipal SA funds are designated to be utilized for any element related to roadway construction or rehabilitation on the CSAH system located within the established boundaries of a municipality (under 5,000 population). These funds may not be used on the CR system or in areas outside a municipality.
Average Annual SA Construction (Municipal-under 5,000 population) allotment: $650,000 (est. average for 2022-2026).
County Road and Bridge Levy
– Funds generated directly from Wright County tax revenue. These levy funds are primarily intended to maintain the CR system but may also be used to supplement other funding sources.
Average Annual County Levy: $2,000,000 (est. average for 2022-2026).
– Funding allocated by state legislative action to complete specific bridge construction projects on any county, township, or municipal roadway within the county. Bridge bonding is normally allocated only after a complete set of bridge design plans has been developed.
Local Option Sales Tax (LOST)
– On June 13, 2017 the Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution implementing a special half-percent (1/2) % County-wide sales tax to fund transportation improvements. The sales tax was extended through December 31, 2022 by the Wright County Board on February 15, 2022. An updated map of projects can be found here.
Estimated Annual LOST Revenue: $12,000,000 (est. average revenue for 2022-2026).